According to Jalan Greer's social media accounts, he's a Minnesota musician, artist, and model. But a criminal complaint filed this month suggests the Moorhead man might torture cats on the side.
This might come as a surprise to his 155,000 Twitter followers.
According to the complaint:
Someone called the police on Jan. 19 to report a cat crying in an apartment.
When police arrived, 23-year-old Greer said the cat was fine and invited the police in to check on the animal. However, the black and white cat was not fine – it was lying on the kitchen floor, bleeding and dead.
Greer said the cat's name was Oreo. He explained how he and the cat got into a bit of a struggle while trying to trim its nails.
Then police spoke with a neighbor who said he's heard a cat screaming in that apartment three to five times before. Each time, it also sounded like the cat was running away and someone was chasing after it.
A few days later, Greer told police he shook Oreo before the cat died. However, the suspect "spontaneously" added that he's not into zoosadism – harming, killing or having sex with animals.
Greer went on to admit he had another cat about three weeks before that. The suspect said that cat electrocuted itself by sticking its claws into the outlet.
Later, Greer admitted that wasn't true. He said the cat died while being petted.
When police asked Greer why he killed the cats, the suspect said he was afraid of the animals and probably blacked out and killed them.
After some investigation, police discovered several people claimed to have given Greer cats on a website called Pets for Sale. According to the site, Greer received as many as five cats.
A person who gave Greer a cat on the website told police that cat died when one of Greer's towel rods fell on it.
The 23-year-old is facing three felony charges of mistreating and torturing animals. Each has a maximum sentence of two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
Greer had a large social media following prior to reports of this incident. Since then, he has made his Twitter and Instagram accounts private. According to WDAY, Greer also used to have 2,000 followers on his SoundCloud account. He used to share his rap music there, but now it's empty.